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Featured online merch store for January 2015: // alt + indie //

Last December, Ayan attended The 1975 Fan Meet. There's a lot of merch stores participated to sell their items. One of them is // alt + indie //

MCJ: Can you share us about on how Alt and Indie started?

// alt + indie // started with a thirst for ways to express my love for bands. I started listening to bands early last year, and started to collect things like CDs and posters. I was missing one thing, which was band tees.

MCJ: What inspires you to make fab shirts and other products? 

When I listen to different artists and new music, I get ideas. I make those thoughts come alive by incorporating them into my merchandise.

MCJ:There's a lot of band merch shirts online shops out there, what makes Alt and Indie unique from others? 

// alt + indie // is a place where you not only find one of a kind merch, but you are also updated about different events and concerts around the Philippines. We make sure to give you the latest details about events and provide you with a place to buy merch for those events! :) 

MCJ: Unforgettable concert that you attended recently? 

Bastille was absolutely incredible! They really know how to entertain an audience. I also got Kyle Simmon's guitar pick, which definitely topped off the amazing night.

MCJ: Are you planning to add other products to your store? 

Yes! A lot of new merchandise is coming your way. I can't give any hints, but make sure to visit my shop soon!

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Fifth Dynamics releases “Pogi Kame” music video

MCJIM Classic Leather’s Dreams Get Real talent search champion Fifth Dynamics will release the much-awaited official music video of their chartbreaking single “Pogi Kame” featuring Mich Liggayu of the popular Youtube duo Jamich.

Composed of The Voice of the Philippines contestant Mark Cordovales on vocals, Jhay Santos on bass, Eljon Nono on lead guitars, Peter Leyva on rythmn guitars, and Drin Condat on drums, Fifth Dynamics has gained a strong radio and music channel presence in 2014 after the release of their single “Anyare.”

“We are expecting ‘Pogi Kame’ to sustain our momentum in the music industry, particularly among Original Pilipino Music (OPM) lovers in time for the release of our debut album this year,” says Cordovales.

The band’s upbeat song “Pogi Kame,” composed by the Nirro De Leon and Aldrin Pampolina and arranged by Jonathan Ong, celebrates men’s self-confidence and belief in one’s self. The official music video, directed by Miguel Tanchanco and produced by McJim Classic Leather, is set to be launched online and in music channels on January 15.

The music video’s hilarious story depicts a “feeling pogi” character played by the band drummer Condat who publicly embarrassed a smitten young girl. The girl, who turned out to be a witch, put the young man on spell that would only make him see the inner beauty of the women around him. He then met a lovely lady (Liggayu) who surprisingly causes his friends to doubt his taste in women.

“The twist in the ending will leave you laughing hard,” relates Cordovales. “You’ll definitely want to watch it again and again.”

The band’s co-champions in the McJim Classic Leather Dreams Get Real: The Search for the Next OPM Star, vocal trio JBK and solo artist Neo Domingo made a cameo in the music video.

“Pogi Kame” is currently leading charts in mass-based radio stations nationwide and was named the “Most Wanted Song of the Week” in 97.1 Barangay LS FM in December 2014. The public may now legally download the song in online music stores such as iTunes and Spotify.

Fifth Dynamics is managed by public relations expert Chris Cahilig. For inquiries, you may email at [email protected]

Gloc9, 1:43 set to perform for Coconut Fest in SM City San Pablo on January 4

Talented Filipino rapper Gloc9 and award-winning boyband 1:43 will perform in a musical show celebrating the annual Coconut Festival of San Pablo City on Sunday (January 4).

Presented by socialized housing development BellaVita Land Corp., the free concert will be held at the mall atrium of SM City San Pablo. The show will start at exactly 3PM.

Gloc9 is the critically acclaimed rapper and composer behind the hit songs “Lando,” “Upuan,” “Sirena,” and “Magda” to name a few. He is currently promoting his latest album “Byahe ng Pangarap” under Universal Records.

Meanwhile, 1:43 is composed of four goodlooking and talented men Anjo Ressurreccion, Gold Aquino, Argee Golding, and Yuki Sakamoto. The foremost Original Pilipino Music (OPM) boy band is the act behind the monster hit song and 5th Star Awards for Music song of the year "Sa Isang Sulyap Mo" as well as popular songs “Ang Saya-Saya” and "Hayop Sa Ganda." 1:43 was named as the Most Promising Group at the 45th Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Award.

“We are excited to come back to SM City San Pablo and celebrate the Coco Festival with the city’s residents,” says 1:43’s spokesperson Resurreccion.

Started in 1996, the Coconut Festival, also known as Coco Fest, is a week-long celebration in San Pablo City in honor of their patron Saint Paul the Hermit. It is held every first to second week of January and consists of street dancing, float parade, street concerts, nightly programs before the city fiesta and some other important events like the yearly "Mutya at Lakan ng San Pablo."

It attracts people nearby towns and foreigners as well as local and national media. This boosts the culture and traditions of San Pablenos. The festival also earned citation from the Association of tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) and the Department of Tourism (DOT) as the best tourism Event for Festival Category City Level in 2010 to 2013 which placed San Pablo City, a tourist destination.

The progressive city is the location of one of the latest developments of BellaVita, according to Barry Trinidad, marketing manager of BellaVita Land Corporation.

“We are one with San Pabloenos in celebrating their very own Coco Fest,” related Trinidad.

BellaVita is a social enterprise project that caters to modest-income families, allowing them to afford their own houses.

Staying true to its mission of giving every Filipino a home instead of renting or living with relatives, BellaVita introduced its projects in Porac, Pampanga; General Trias, Cavite; Alaminos and San Pablo City in Laguna; Pililla, Rizal; Lipa City, Batangas; Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecity; Tayabas, Quezon; and Capas, Tarlac as answer to the country’s big housing backlog. For as low as P2,500, one family can now reserve a home they can call their own.

“With BellaVita, every Filipino may now realize their dream of having a house and lot they can call their very own,” Trinidad said.